3 Easy Ways to Figure out Moving Costs

“How much do movers cost?” is such a popular question people ask that I made this website in hope that it will answer your questions. But as you may already read on the front page of this website there is a lot that goes into moving costs. Now if I gave you a moving companies tariff it would absolutely confuse the heebie jeebies out of you. I know, but it cause it confuses the hell out of me.

But believe it or not I have three simple ways that you can use to figure out the approximate moving costs of your move. Heck you could probably do the math in your head if you wanted to; that’s how easy these three methods are. But don’t get me wrong, they are not fool proof. They are only guides to give you a close approximation of costs. Okay. Ready to start?

Method 1: Cost per Mile

cheap movingSo one of the easiest ways to figure out moving costs is the “cost/mile” method. This method is for long distance moves primarily rather than local moves.

Basically you take the number of miles that you are traveling and multiply that by a multiple ($5 to $8) and this will give you a fairly good range for your moving costs. Lets say you are moving 1000 miles just times that by $5 and you’ll get $5000 for the low range and multiply 1000 miles by $8 and you’ll get $8000 for the high range.

Told you it was easy.

I remember when I was first starting out in the moving business I once called up Two Men and a Truck how much it would cost to move me from my home town to LA and they quoted me $12,000. So lets break this down: If the move cost $12,000 and the miles to LA are close 2300 one way it would be easy to figure out their “per mile” charge.  Their “per mile” charge is $5/mile.

Method 2: Cost per Day

Another super easy method to figure out your moving estimate is the “cost per day” method. Again this method is reserved for long distance moving.

So what you do here is figure out how many days it would take to get to your new home or location and times that by a certain dollar amount. Usually the dollar amount will be between $1000 and $1500 per day.

So if you were, let us say, moving from New York City to Los Angeles you cold estimate that it would take about 6 days to get there. So multiply 6 days into $1000 and you get $6000 for the low end and $9000 for the high end. In my moving company I use the $1200/day rule.

Now if we used the above example with Two Men and a Truck you can easily figure out that Two Men and a Truck charge roughly $2000 per day.

Method 3: Ask what other moves cost similar to yours

Okay, I know that this isn’t really a “method” is the purest of forms but it very easy. Just ask the mover that is doing your moving quote, or ask friends and family that have done this move how much did it cost them.

There are no rules:

Now there are no hard and fast rules here just some easy methods to give you a good idea of how much your move will cost. This way you can plan your budget out and hopefully this information will make your move slightly less stressful.

Packing, Extra and Hidden Costs:

Something else you should be aware of, these methods for estimating your move cost do not necessarily  account for packing and unpacking of boxes, not do they account for extra or hidden costs. You will need to do some research in those areas before you hire your mover for your move.

I hope, again, that this simple and easy article has come in handy for you.


Category: Moving Advice